Title: Sorcery of Thorns
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Synopsis: All sorcerers are evil. Elisabeth has known that as long as she has known anything. Raised as a foundling in one of Austermeer’s Great Libraries, Elisabeth has grown up among the tools of sorcery—magical grimoires that whisper on shelves and rattle beneath iron chains. If provoked, they transform into grotesque monsters of ink and leather. She hopes to become a warden, charged with protecting the kingdom from their power.
Then an act of sabotage releases the library’s most dangerous grimoire. Elisabeth’s desperate intervention implicates her in the crime, and she is torn from her home to face justice in the capital. With no one to turn to but her sworn enemy, the sorcerer Nathaniel Thorn, and his mysterious demonic servant, she finds herself entangled in a centuries-old conspiracy. Not only could the Great Libraries go up in flames, but the world along with them.
As her alliance with Nathaniel grows stronger, Elisabeth starts to question everything she’s been taught—about sorcerers, about the libraries she loves, even about herself. For Elisabeth has a power she has never guessed, and a future she could never have imagined.
Spoiler Free Review
I have heard so much hype about this book so I was a little nervous about if this book was going to live up to the hype or not. I always feel nervous reading books that have a lot of hype because I usually have super high expectations for them and theres always that chance of not living up to the expectations that I have. Anyways I’m going a little off topic, this book lived up to the hype! I loved every minute and could not put it down, I was reading it every chance I got. I don’t think I will ever stop raving about this book.
Elisabeth. I freaking love Elisabeth she is such an amazing character. She is such a strong character and she is so strong willed. So many things happen to her in this book but she doesn’t back down. Her strong will is something I love so much about her and that is what I think makes her such an amazing main character. Throughout the whole book everything that happens just makes her more determined. Elisabeth has grown up knowing and seeing the world in one view point. Through the course of this book she is faced with challenges and information that begins to change the way she view things. Elisabeth grows to see that sorcerers, magic, and grimoires aren’t as black and white as she grew up to believe. This paves way for me to talk about her character growth. I thought her character growth was really great and I could clearly see it. Also Elisabeth is a fellow booklover which is all the more reason why I love her.
Nathaniel. Helloooo Nathaniel.😂 I love Nathanial a ton. Throughout the book his commentary had me laughing and I was often shoving the book in my friend’s face so she could read the lines too. Nathaniel is a broody and sassy character and he brings so much to the story. Nathaniel is also bisexual and I liked the aspect it brought to the story. Though Nathaniel isn’t the main main character, I loved how developed he was. His backstory wasn’t something that Rogerson just made up and didn’t spend time developing it. His backstory was well developed and it is easy to see how that plays into him being the character that he is.
Silas. I can’t really say anything about Silas without spoiling the book but know this, I love Silas. That is all I have to say about him. Also loved his character and his backstory and how developed he was.
The plot of this story is really unlike any that I’ve read. It sort of has components of other books but it is all woven in a way where it completely takes on its own forming. The most interesting aspect of this book and the plot that I found was the grimoires. Grimoires in this book are unlike any that I’ve read or seen in the past. It was so interesting to learn about them throughout the book and it was so cool the like spin Rogerson put on the grimoires. This is a pretty fast paced book and I didn’t want to ever put it down because of it. It wasn’t fast paced the point where it was confusing, I was able to follow everything that was happening. Some books I feel like are fast paced but the plot as a whole is confusing and hard to follow. I was happy to find that this book did not follow that path. There was not a dull point in this book. I found every inch of this book interesting and I just never wanted to put it down. Rogerson did a good job with making this book engaging and entertaining.
I did guess the who did it in this book pretty early on. What was nice though was that it didn’t spoil the book in a huge way. It was probably because this isn’t a mystery book so the whole plot isn’t about finding out who did it but still it was nice that my early figuring out didn’t hinder my enjoyment of the book.
I loved the romance in this book. Better yet, I loved how it was a sub plot. The romance didn’t overshadow the main plot of the book. Sometimes the romance in a book can start out as a sub plot but in the end it overshadows the main plot. I was glad to see that this didn’t happen in this book.
I really liked the writing. Rogerson wrote this book beautifully and I loved her writing. She painted the picture of this world wonderfully and it just really captivated me.
If you couldn’t tell from my rating and my review, I loved, loved, loved this book. The world is so well built and I just wish it wasn’t a standalone so I could visit it again. The characters were so well developed and not one felt super underdeveloped. I cannot recommend this book enough and I hope everyone gets a chance to read this amazing book.